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Accountability report: Slight improvement in county schools

LAKE COUNTY – More of Lake County's schools met academic growth standards than last year, according to a new state report.

Fourteen of the 24 Lake County schools with performance growth targets met them for the 2006-07 school year, according to the California Department of Education.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell on Aug. 31 released California's 2007 Accountability Progress Report (APR) that is comprised of the state Academic Performance Index (API), the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), and the federal Program Improvement (PI).

Looking at recent test scores, O'Connell said he noted “a general leveling off after steady gains in student achievement over the past five years.” The APR, which he said is a compilation of schools and districts that are meeting academic performance targets, is consistent with student performance on the annual assessments.

That leveling off, said O'Connell, shouldn't be misinterpreted as an overall decline in student or school performance. “It is important that we not lose sight of the significant gains that our students and our schools have made,” he said.

O'Connell said these results reflect significant achievement gains by our lowest-performing students, and significant gains by African American, Hispanic, and English learner subgroups.

Lake County's 40 public schools include several special education centers and continuation schools not required to meet growth targets for the API report.

Overall, 24 county schools must meet it, and 14 of them did this year, compared to 11 that met the standards last year.

In the 2004-05 school year, 16 Lake County schools met their growth targets; 15 did so in the 2003-04 academic year.

The API is a numeric index that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. The 2006 results established the current baseline and academic growth targets for each school's academic performance, according to O'Connell's report.

Statewide, the median API score grew from 745 last year to 751 in 2007, and the percentage of schools at or above the performance target of 800 grew by just 1 percentage point, from 30 percent to 31 percent. The percentage of schools meeting all API targets decreased from 53 percent in 2005-06 to 45 percent in 2006-07.

Only three Lake County schools this year had an API score above the 800-point performance target: Riviera Elementary, 810; Cobb Mountain Elementary, 842; and Coyote Valley Elementary, 810.

A school's school-wide annual growth target is set at 5 percent of the difference between the school's base API and the statewide performance target of 800 with a minimum target of 5 points, the Department of Education reported.

Both the API and AYP are based on statewide assessment results, including the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), which the Department of Education released last month.

The Department of Education noted that AYP results show that 66 percent of schools met AYP requirements, unchanged from last year. However, the percentage of local educational agencies (LEAs) making AYP fell from 64 percent in 2006 to 53 percent in 2007.

Beginning next year, it's going to become increasingly difficult to meet these progress targets, the Department of Education reported. That's because AYP targets will rise steeply for the next six years to meet the current federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

Schools have an opportunity to review their data and make corrections. AYP, API, and PI reports will be finalized in February 2008.

To see a complete list of reports, visit and click on “Accountability Progress Reporting.”

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